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The Opry Goes Pink this October, with a little help from Kelsea Ballerini and Trisha Yearwood

ABC/Paula Lobo/Randee St. NicholasKelsea Ballerini and Trisha Yearwood are teaming up to help the Grand Ole Opry fight breast cancer. On October 24, the Opry Goes Pink for the ninth year in a row.

Kelsea will flip the ceremonial switch to turn the Opry’s iconic barn pink for the night, while Trisha will introduce this year’s Women Rock for the Cure honorary survivor. It’s a cause that’s very personal for Trisha, since she lost her own mother, Gwen, to cancer several years ago.

LANCO, Easton Corbin, and Runaway June will also take the Opry stage that night, with five dollars from …read more

“People” sets its sights on newcomers Carly Pearce and Devin Dawson as “Ones to Watch”

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BMLG/AtlanticPeople is keeping its eye on a couple of country newcomers.

Both Carly Pearce and Devin Dawson make the magazine’s new “Ones to Watch” list of 26 rising stars in the world of entertainment. Devin has his first hit with “All on Me,” which just broke into the top 30, while Carly is enjoying a top ten hit with her debut single, “Every Little Thing.”

“It’s been so much work, so to finally start to see it pay off is mind-blowing,” Carly tells the magazine, who calls her “The New Voice of Country.” People nicknames Devin “The Nashville Idol.”

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“It’s just the heaviest, darkest thing I can remember since 9/11”: Dierks Bentley struggles to deal with the Las Vegas tragedy

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ABC/Image Group LA After wrapping his What the Hell Tour in early September with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley has been home in Nashville readying his next album. But when gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 more at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, Dierks says it stopped him in his tracks.

“I’m having a hard time even physically moving right now,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I had to take Twitter off my phone because I’ve just been looking at it for two days straight. It’s just the heaviest, …read more

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Carrie Underwood has more stories to tell, as she digitally releases “The Storyteller Tour”

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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood‘s much-talked-about Storyteller Tour ground to a halt in November of last year, but almost exactly twelve months later, it’s coming back to life…sort of.

The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year will digitally release the performance from the New York City stop of the trek on November 17.

“We had the best time on The Storyteller Tour performing for fans last year,” Carrie says. “The amazing production and 360-degree stage let me get closer to them than ever before. I saw so many of their social media posts asking for a release of the show and we …read more

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A broken “Hallelujah”: Eric Church’s moving performance, as the Opry reaches out to Vegas

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ABC/Image Group LA This Wednesday night’s show at the Grand Ole Opry often seemed as much like a traditional Wednesday night prayer meeting, as it did a performance on country music’s most famous stage.

The Opry’s maroon curtain rose to a moment of silence, as the iconic radio show remembered the 58 people who lost their lives and the nearly 500 who were injured, during Jason Aldean‘s set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night in Las Vegas.

“Tonight we are standing on the circle that cannot be broken,” Opry host Jeannie Seely said, referring to the historic piece of wood …read more

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Lady Antebellum remembers Vegas shooting victims as they prepare to play the site of another violent attack

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ABC/Paula LoboAs the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting unfolded this week, Lady Antebellum has literally been a world away, on the European leg of their You Look Good Tour.

Before taking the stage Wednesday in Manchester, England, Hillary Scott and her band mates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood — along with their spouses, children and road family — formed a prayer circle to remember the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“We just wanted to take a second to just formally and just with unity acknowledge what happened a couple of days ago,” Hillary said, “and how …read more

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Kelsea Ballerini follows “The Star” for a new Christmas tune

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Black River EntertainmentChristmas is still roughly three months away, but it seems like Kelsea Ballerini‘s already been in the yuletide spirit.

“So so excited to announce that I recorded a song for The Star…” the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nominee tweeted.

The animated holiday feature is a retelling of the nativity story through the eyes of the animals. It boasts an all-star cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan, Anthony Anderson, Kelly Clarkson, Kris Kristofferson and more.

While we don’t know anything about Kelsea’s song yet, we do know it’s part of a stellar soundtrack that …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, RCA released the song that would go on to become Dolly Parton‘s first major crossover hit. Can you name the country #1 that also went top-3 on the pop chart? ANSWER: “Here You Come Again.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Luke Bryan‘s first appearance with his fellow American Idol judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry Wednesday on Good Morning America, you can watch their debut interview together online.

Jamey Johnson raised more than $200,000 to help in the fight against pancreatic cancer at his recent Sixth Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament and Concert at Cottonwood Golf Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

Shania Twain‘s new album, NOW, already has been certified platinum in her native Canada. You can see her performing the record’s latest single, “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” on The Late Late Show with …read more

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Luke and Blake definitely talked before Bryan signed on for Idol — but what they said is anyone’s guess

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Capitol NashvilleShortly after it was announced that Luke Bryan would be part of the new judges’ panel on ABC’s relaunch of American Idol, Blake Shelton indicated that the two had discussed the possibility before Luke made his final decision.

At the opening of his new bar and restaurant, Ole Red Tishomingo, Blake seemed to indicate to Entertainment Tonight that he and Luke had talked about money. The host of NBC’s rival The Voice even joked that ABC was probably mad at him because of what they’re having to pay Luke.

Following his first appearance with fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry …read more

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